Mark Warburton says his QPR players showcasing some Friday night fluency can be the perfect platform for transforming Loftus Road into a Championship fortress, writes Will Jennings.

The high-flying Rs host Luton this evening in a match that kickstarts a run of four home league games in the next six.

QPR battled to a hard-fought away point at Blackpool before the international break but will return to west London for clashes against the Hatters, Huddersfield, Stoke and Swansea ahead of the festive period.

Warburton admits his team have scrapped their way into the play-off places and is calling on them to finally turn on the style under the lights.

The 59-year-old said: “We’ve four games from six at home now – we know it’s a big period for us.

“It’s about consistency and we have to make sure we deliver good performances – starting on Friday night.

“I don’t think we’ve played with total fluency but are still in the top six. That’s a positive.

“We just have to continue to focus on ourselves and be ready for each game. This league is unique but hopefully, if we can reach the levels we know we’re capable of, we’ll be in a good place.

“[Luton] are a very good team. They’re a bit more direct than last year and have obvious physicality and running power.

“They are very well-organised, well managed by Nathan [Jones] and are a tough nut to crack.”

QPR sit sixth in the Championship table but are yet to pull away from the chasing pack, with Blackburn, Huddersfield, Millwall and Blackpool all within touching distance.

Warburton’s players conceded a gut-wrenching late leveller against Nottingham Forest in their previous home outing before two tough away fixtures at Cardiff and Blackpool.

They suffered a 1-0 defeat in south Wales to derail their progress but clinched a point against the Tangerines as Chris Willock grabbed a first-half goal.

Striker Andre Gray is unavailable this weekend while Warburton is fretting on the fitness of partner-in-crime Lyndon Dykes, who picked up a ‘whack’ against Forest and did not feature for Scotland against Moldova or Denmark.

The Rs boss is relieved to finally have his players back from international duty and added: “Some boys had a break, which was good, but others went away too and it’s about making sure they are okay.

“Some came back yesterday, others are reporting for the first time today.

“We’ve got to see who’s available and we’ll pick the team from there. Andre Gray picked up a hamstring injury versus Cardiff and Lyndon got a whack against Forest.

“Andre won’t be available – it’s not a bad injury, but we’ve got to look after the boys.”